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Dr. Vasileios Laopodis is the founder and president of CulturePolis. He studied Physics (BA) and Business Administration, and got his Doctorate degree in Informatics from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France. In his early carrer worked as ICT Engineer and Manager in the private sector (IBM, FIAT, banking etc.), and in parallel taught at universities and Tech Institutions and gave numerous lectures around the world.

In 1998 he joined the European Commission (1988-2006) where he served as Senior Official for 18 years on EU policy initiatives & projects related to the dissemination and exploitation of Research and Technological Development and Innovatioon, Standardization, New Technologies and e-business, and Information Society with particular empahsis on its social and cultural impact.

He has been founding member / member of the board of many professional and societal organizations at European (IFIP TC9/WG8.2 & CEPIS), and national level (Greek Computer Sociey), and is the author of more than 150 articles, research / scientific papers & a dozen of technology related books.

In 2006 he founded CulturePolis CSO in Corfu, Greece and launched a number of important initiatives and projects both national and mainly European with emphasis to culture, heritage, sustainability and innovation in the broader South Eastern and Mediterranean regions.

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